This Day in History: Aug. 24

On this day, Aug. 24 ...

1989: Major League Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti bans Pete Rose from baseball for life for gambling.

Also on this day:

  • 1814: The British set fire to the White House and the Capitol when they invade Washington, DC during the War of 1812.
  • 1968: France becomes the world's fifth nuclear power as it explodes a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. (EFE)

  • 1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as the general secretary of the Communist Party after a failed coup attempt against him.  
  • 2017: The State Department reports that at least 16 Americans working at the U.S. Embassy in Havana became ill in a mysterious health attack.